Griffin: South Haven receives $184,850 grant for downtown development

Funding will benefit small businesses, tourism State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced a $184,850 community development grant awarded to the city of South Haven by the Michigan Strategic Fund. The grants will fund two downtown façade projects to historically renovate the South Haven Masonic Temple (321 Center St.) and D&S Real Estate Management LLC (413…

COLUMN: Adding skills to our classrooms will build Michigan’s future

By State Rep. Beth Griffin As a teacher, I’m aware of the unique day-to-day challenges we face in our classrooms. Regardless of subject, our instructors have to focus on specific content while also seeking to cover as much subject matter as possible to help students grow and prepare for their next educational step. Current curriculum…

Rep. Griffin measure eliminates an outdated, irrelevant law

A plan removing an obsolete section of Michigan law proposed by state Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, has been signed into law by the governor. Griffin’s new law removes a 1931 act that references the criminal sentencing guidelines in regard to ship officers making a false protest about a ship or its cargo with intent…

Rep. Griffin hosts district office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during regularly scheduled local office hours this June. “Engaging with residents in a casual setting is a great way to foster dialog and share ideas,” Griffin said. “I look forward to having discussions with people in the community and sharing with…

Rep. Griffin: New state budget supports job training, school safety, families

Rep. Beth Griffin today voted in favor of a new state budget aimed at improving schools, workforce preparation programs and services to support southwest Michigan families. “Bright futures begin with a quality education and the training needed to get better jobs,” said Griffin, of Mattawan, after the bills were given final legislative approval. “We are…

Griffin plan to improve student protection approved by House

Multi-bill package to protect Michigan’s children advances today Legislation to increase the number of authority figures who must report evidence of abuse was approved with unanimous bipartisan support today in the state House, Rep. Beth Griffin announced. Her plan mandates athletic trainers and physical therapists working with K-12 school sports and college athletic activities to…

Local representatives celebrate Older Michiganians Day

State Reps. Kim LaSata, Beth Griffin, and Aaron Miller joined State Sen. John Proos in welcoming the Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren County Area Agency on Aging to the state Capitol to celebrate Older Michiganians Day. I’m thrilled I was able to meet with so many local seniors,” LaSata said.  “The golden generation has given…

Griffin: Repealing irrelevant laws makes government more efficient

The Michigan House today voted to overwhelmingly approve state Rep. Beth Griffin’s plan to remove an outdated section of the Michigan Penal Code. Griffin’s plan removes a 1931 law which references the criminal sentencing guidelines for committing a false protest. Individuals who injure, deceive or defraud someone today would be charged with fraud rather than…

Rep. Griffin hosts district office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during regularly scheduled local office hours this May. “I believe accessibility is key to open and honest government,” Griffin said. “I welcome anyone with ideas or questions about state government to attend my local office hours.” The office hours take place…

Griffin: Obsolete laws should be removed to make government more efficient

State Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan today testified before the House Oversight Committee in support of her plan to repeal an unnecessary law from the books. House Bill 5763 would remove an outdated section of the Michigan Penal Code. House Bill 5763 removes a 1931 law which references the criminality sentencing guidelines for committing a…

Rep. Griffin to host senior and veterans expo

Rep. Beth Griffin will host a senior and veterans expo with Senators Margaret O’Brien and Tonya Schuitmaker on Monday, May 7. “Connecting seniors and veterans to valuable services and information right here in Southwest Michigan is just one way to show our gratitude towards them,” Griffin said. “I look forward to this yearly event for…

Rep. Griffin welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Beth Griffin welcomed Pastor Jason Bull to the state Capitol to give today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives.  Bull is the executive pastor of Freshwater Community Church in Paw Paw.  Joining them at the rostrum is Speaker of the House Tom Leonard. ###